This was my first time in Dubai and was a stopover before heading on elsewhere. So pleased we found the Shangri-La!
We had taken advantage of the 21 day advance purchase so it cost just over £500 for three days (two nights) for a Deluxe Room.
We arrived at the hotel at 8am and were checked in straightaway - which after an eight hour night flight (and still on the UK time of 4am) this was was fantastic!
The room was amazing. It was one of the largest I have stayed in and had terrific views of the beach and sea. The bathroom was really big and had both standard and rainforest showers in its own room, L'Occitane toiletries, a huge bath (although I couldn't quite work out how to use the taps and not the shower part!) and lots of light. The bed was enormous and I think had some kind of magical sleep quality! Once you were in and asleep it was very difficult to get up! There was a large plasma tv, hairdryer, mini bar and tea making facilities. Bottled water was provided on a daily basis, if you didn't drink it the day before then they still gave you more. Grapes and plums were also provided in the room - the grapes are really nice! The wi-fi was really good, it's free and has a very quick connection. All in all a very very nice room to make yourself comfortable in.
The pool area is terrific. It has the most amazing views of Burj Khalifa (as does the main entrance) so there are some great photo opportunities! The loungers are very comfortable and it's easy to spend a few hours lazing there. The staff are friendly and come round with cold towels to freshen you up. In the evening it turns into the iKandy bar which is fab! It's very cool, you should probably dress up for the occasion but at the same time it is very relaxed. The DJ is very good, the drinks are reasonably priced and you can get shisha in a variety of different flavours - the strawberry was lovely.
There are a few more bars and restaurants in the hotel. The Balcony Bar on the 1st floor is a good place to have a drink before dinner (and unless you're dining in a hotel you cannot drink in any restaurant) or for when you get back. Wine starts from about £6 per glass and there's a decent enough choice. There are comfortable chairs and sofas or you can sit at the bar as well. It's a smoking bar but it didn't feel particularly oppressive with the smoke.
Hoi-an is their French Vietnamese restaurant and is the highlight of the restaurants - it was fantastic. The service was incredible without being obtusive. I had the traditional beef Vietnamese soup to start and it was really tasty, my other half had the crispy rolls - nothing like the filoux pastry you get at home - really delicious. We both had beef dishes as our main, mine was a fillet with sweet potato dumplings and mushrooms - was heavenly. You only need one side of either rice or noodles though - the portions are generous. There are a number of set menus you can choose from too. I'd say it is one of the best restaurants that I have ever been to let alone just at that hotel.
Breakfast is served in the Dunes cafe. This is excellent. There is a brilliant choice of pastries, cakes and hot food with a lot of things cooked to order. I had eggs benedict one day and it was lovely. There are lots of local specialities too. In the evening this turns into a buffet restaurant and it was ok but not brilliant - the service isn't anywhere near as good as the other restaurants in the hotel and as my boyfriend said it's almost as if that's the 'training time'.
Location wise it's up by the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall so ideal for shopping and sight seeing. It took about 20 minutes in a cab to get there from the airport (about £10), about 5 minutes to get the Dubai Mall (£3)about 15 minutes to get to the Burj al Arab (about £7) and the same again for the Dubai Creek so location wise pretty good. There's a Tim Horton coffee shop about a three minute walk away - it's frequented by ex-pats and is worth a visit.
Overall - a brilliant hotel, it's impressive as a building and impressive for its service, wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
- Also Known As:
- Shangri La Hotel
- Shangri La Hotel Dubai
- Shangri La Dubai
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located along Sheikh Zayed Road, Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai is just 15 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, and five minutes from the World Trade Centre, Dubai Convention Centre, Dubai Mall and downtown Burj Khalifa.The hotel comprises 302 spacious guestrooms and suites, including two floors of elegant Horizon Club accommodation. To meet the needs of the long-stay guests, the hotel also offers 126 serviced, furnished apartments. ... more less
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